- The Oxford Handbook of Archaeology
- List of Contributors
- The Discipline of Archaeology
- The Formative Century, 1860–1960
- The Theoretical Scene, 1960–2000
- Into the Future
- Measuring the Passage of Time: Achievements and Challenges in Archaeological Dating
- Human Activity in a Spatial Context
- Data Collection by Excavation
- Mastering Materials
- The Nature of Humanness
- Early Hominids
- The Emergence of <i>Homo</i> Sapiens Sapiens
- The Neanderthals
- Peopling the World
- Hunters and Gatherers
- Early Farming and Domestication
- Studying Human Diet
- Cultural Complexity
- Trade and Interaction
- China: State Formation and Urbanization
- The Central Andean Region in Prehistory
- The Mediterranean and its Hinterland
- The Archaeology of Sub-Saharan Africa
- Pre-Islamic Central Asia
- The Circumpolar Zone
- East Asia
- The Pacific Islands
- North America
- South American Archaeology
- Indigenous Voices, Archaeology, and the Issue of Repatriation
- Sex and Gender
- Archaeological Representation: the Consumption and Creation of the Past
- Community Archaeology
- Subject Index
- Index of Personal Names: Includes all referenced authors.
Abstract and Keywords
This article focuses on the relevance of trade and interaction in archaeology. It evaluates the definitions of these terms, provides a critical synthesis of the diverse ways in which successive generations of archaeologists have approached and interpreted these topics, and considers some of the ways in which people in the past may have communicated with each other, through trade and interaction. It explains that trade and interaction are commonly associated with two sets of interpretations: the first, of certain durable objects found on archaeological sites, as imported and exported commodities; the second, of past people, as traders and travellers engaged in long-distance networks of contact, supply, and redistribution.
Robin Skeates is Reader, Department of Archaeology, Durham University.
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